TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tropical Depression Fifteen has developed in the open Atlantic and is expected to move north of the Caribbean Sea and stay away from land for the foreseeable future.
Fifteen is over 1,100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving northwest at 14 mph, with highest sustained winds estimated to be 35 mph.
Fifteen is expected to move northwestward become Tropical Storm Nigel later tonight. It is then expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the open Atlantic later this weekend into early next week. The outlook calls for major hurricane status for the future Nigel, but there are no indications of it coming close to land through the next five days.